Fulton baseball falls to East Syracuse-Minoa, Oswego

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball teams struggles continued in games against East Syracuse-Minoa and Oswego last week.

On April 18 East Syracuse-Minoa scored five runs in the first two innings of the game to set the foundation for an impressive win. Things didn’t get easier for Fulton when they played Oswego April 20.  Oswego scored 12 runs during the fourth and fifth innings en route to a dominating win over the Red Raiders.

By the end of the second inning of their game against Fulton, East Syracuse-Minoa had jumped out to a 5-0 lead. East Syracuse-Minoa scored three more runs during the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to cap off an 8-0 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Jon Cummins. Cummins had two hits against East Syracuse-Minoa. Michael Bolster added a hit for Fulton.

Peter Ravesi led the raiders on the mound. In five innings of work, Ravesi struck out five East Syracuse-Minoa batters while giving up eight runs (five earned) on 11 hits. In relief of Ravesi, Adam Briggs threw two strikeouts in an inning of work.

Unfortunately for Fulton, the outcome proved to be similar when they took on Oswego. After a scoreless first inning, Oswego jumped out to a 3-0 lead during the second and third innings. Oswego conceivably put the game out of reach during the fourth and fifth innings. They erupted for 12 more runs en route to a 15-0 win over the raiders.

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Membership campaign

by Michael A Szpak, Executive Director ARC of Oswego County

As a private, not-for-profit organization, ARC of Oswego County has been providing programs and services to children and adults with disabilities since 1953.

We provide ongoing service coordination for children; parent advocacy/training services; training and consultation to community based daycare and preschool programs, Medicaid Service Coordination, Senior Day Habilitation programs, guardianship, community recreational respite services for adults.

Our sister agency, Oswego Industries, provides pre-vocational and vocational training and supported employment to enable individuals to grow with dignity and achieve their highest level of independence and self-fulfillment.

Together, our programs and services create a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities; and to date, we have served thousands of individuals. We make a difference.

I’m pleased to announce the kick-off of ARC of Oswego County’s Annual Membership Campaign.

ARC of Oswego County is one of 42 countywide Chapters of NYSARC. NYSARC is also a not-for-profit statewide organization that provides support and advocacy for people with development disabilities.

With the inauguration of our Annual Membership Campaign, ARC of Oswego County invites you to consider becoming a part of our plans for the future.

By becoming a member, your generosity will allow you to share in our commitment to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities, and your annual membership plays an integral role in advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.

We are in the midst of rapid and radical changes in our field.  Federal and state funding mechanisms are changing as are the amounts that we receive for the programs and services we provide to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Now, more than ever, we must rely on our existing memberships and engage new members to join our cause as we navigate this ever changing political and fiscal environment.

By joining as a member, you contribute to ARC of Oswego County’s success in three important ways.

First, each name we add to our list of members increases our advocacy at the state and national levels, giving the ARC of Oswego County and the individuals and families we serve a more influential voice in legislative matters.

That has a direct impact on our federal and state funding.

Second, your membership contributions help to fund those items that government funding does not provide.

But most importantly, your membership is a statement that you believe in the importance of what the ARC of Oswego does and that you support our mission.

Please consider becoming a member today.

If you would like more information, please take a moment to call ARC of Oswego County at 598-3108. Your commitment matters. Your efforts matter.  Your membership matters.


What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

Sophie Greene portrays Helen Keller in the compelling story of Helen Keller, and her teacher Anne Sullivan. “Helen Keller” opens April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.
Sophie Greene portrays Helen Keller in the compelling story of Helen Keller, and her teacher Anne Sullivan. “Helen Keller” opens April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.

The compelling story of a deaf/blind child takes center stage this weekend in this fresh adaptation of the classic story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan.

“Helen Keller” will preview with a pay-what-you-can final dress rehearsal April 25 at 8 p.m. and then open April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. The second weekend starts May 3 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. is Fulton Lion’s Club-sponsored performance night. Helen Keller closes May 5 with a 2 p.m. matinee.

Things around the house — a child’s toy, a favorite cup/spoon, a treasured memory — can become a treasured work of art bringing back memories for years to come with the newest class at CNY Arts Center.

Textured Memories with Ken Blount will teach students to create art using common household items; things you just can’t bring yourself to toss can be turned into art with a little paint and glue. Mementos become treasure keepsakes when displayed as DIY art in this class being offered one day only, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 15 and up.

Tuesday, April 30, the public is invited to join the growing artist community at this event designed to get artists together for the love of art! Bring your portfolio to share, meet other artists of all skill levels, mediums and interests; exchange ideas and feedback; enjoy talking with other artists. Come, bring a friend and hear about the new ARTs in the heART Gallery opening in Downtown Fulton very soon.

Talent is being sought for the third annual Arts Fest Talent Competition to be held June 8 in the War Memorial Ice Rink. Tom Eagan and Christine Tupe will both perform onstage following the competition offering prizes in several categories.

This event also offers handmade original art and crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with over 50 vendors to browse. Talent and vendors can register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Registration is open for the second annual ARTY Day Camp. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will offer instruction in art, writing, dance and theater, lunch provided with group art projects. Lunch and afternoon art projects are free and open to every child in the community age 5 and up during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23. Sponsorships are available for morning classes. CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer.

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton. “ARTs in the HeART” Art Gallery will be located at 47 S. 1st St in Fulton. Artists can apply for gallery space online.

Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and look for us here every week with the latest happenings at CNY Arts Center.

This is your government

by Cheryl Holmes, Granby

Thursday, April 10 at 9 p.m., the taxpayer’s vote for county treasurer was stymied by a Republican legislature that is self-serving and out of touch with the lawful republic that our government was based on — a government for the people, by the people.

Incumbent legislators who presently own their own business would most likely not have hired Fred Beardsley to work for them. Those legislators that work for public, non-profit corporations, school districts or large companies, don’t care. They are in the habit of wasting money and all they want is more power to place key people into positions to enhance their ability to get re-elected, receive financial perks and advance socially.

Then there are the legislators who want to progress up the ladder of success just like Beardsley. They want the same as the others but they are also new and fearful of their job. They also want to get re-elected and keep building political favor.

These politicians don’t serve the Taxpayer, they woo, please and give the taxpayer free perks through slight of hand.

The politicians take your money and give it back to you through jobs and social programs after extracting their 30-percent share.

Seven legislators voted for the taxpayer and against Beardsley: Republicans Margaret Kastler and Shawn Doyle and Democrats Mike Kunzweiler, Doug Malone, Amy Tresidder, Dan Farfaglia, and Jacob Mulcahey. Republican Jim Karasak abstained because he was running for the treasurer’s position.

Fourteen Republican legislators voted for installing Beardsley: John Martino, Jack Proud, Dan LeClair, Robert Hayes, Linda Lockwood, Jack Brandt, Kevin Gardner, James Oldenburg, Shane Broadwell, Daniel Chalifoux, Terry Wilbur, Morris Sorbello, and Louella LeClair.

Beardsley was not present at the meeting to answer any questions.  The entire legislature was not allowed to question Mr. Beardsley.

Questions that were asked and that could not be answered by any one of the above voting for Mr. Beardsley were:

What is the candidate’s education? Did Beardsley graduate from high school?

Mr. Beardsley sold material to the Town of Hastings. The New York State comptroller reviewed Hastings Town records for years 1993 and 1994 and found Mr. Beardsley, the town supervisor, had a prohibited interest in a contract with the Town of Hastings. The town had purchased $6,728.00 in merchandise from Mr. Beardsley’s hardware store.

The comptroller also found in April 1998 to March 1999 a prohibited interest in certain contracts with the town for $18,464.28 in purchases at Beardsley’s Hardware Store.

The result being all accounts were closed except for the emergency highway account and it being capped at $600 per year as long as Beardsley remained in office.

The town was prohibited from purchasing merchandise from the Beardsley hardware store.

There were questions about bonding Mr. Beardsley as county treasurer that could not be answered. Can Beardsley be bonded?

When Mr. Beardsley left the chairmanship of the county Republican committee in 2011, the funds were severely depleted thousands of dollars were gone.

There was no reason to fill the county treasurer’s position for a period of seven months.

Legislator Margaret Kastler stood and told the legislature that she had spoken to the deputy treasurer Mark See many months previous to the Thursday meeting about handling the office of Treasury until the November of 2013 elections when a new treasurer could be elected by the people. See said there was no problem accepting that responsibility.

Santa Clause is a nice guy.  Would you as a voter put Santa Clause in office and operating your cash register if he had these credentials and this background?

This community has got to wake up and pay attention. Call your legislator. You cannot allow other people to vote for you.  These people are short circuiting our government process and they are cutting the voter – taxpayer out of fair representation.   This has to stop. Do yourself a favor investigate your representative before you vote in November?

Light in the Darkness: April 24, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” — Luke 24:49

For the next several weeks, I will focus on a subject that has been largely neglected in the church with far-reaching consequences.

I refer to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Oh, we hear much about the gifts and dramatic manifestations of the Spirit but little about His actual work in us; little about the necessity of walking carefully and consistently in the Spirit and even less yet about the holiness He desires to produce in us, though this holiness is the very reason He was sent to us.

This neglect is why we see so little of His power in the church, the body of Christ. It is why so many have fallen into the error of the Galatian believers who Paul said began their new lives in the Spirit, but were now trying to perfect their faith in the flesh.

This general failure in the church is the reason, Samuel Chadwick, writing more than a century ago, concluded that, “The Holy Spirit has been shut out from the province in which He is indispensable. Christianity has been reconstructed without Him.”

The Christian life simply is not possible without the Holy Spirit. Anything we might try to pass off as Christian without Him falls into the category Paul spoke of as having a form of godliness while denying the only power that can produce true godliness in one’s life.

Paul actually said that we should have nothing to do with people who profess to be believers but live that way. (2 Timothy 3:5). Undoubtedly this is so that the world and believers, alike, would not be confused about which life is Christian.

That the believer would have power for holy living is the whole reason for “The Incarnation of the Holy Spirit.”

This phrase may seem strange since you have probably never heard nor even thought of Pentecost in those terms. Neither have many others, evidently, for when I typed that phrase into Google, the only responses that came back related to the Holy Spirit’s role in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

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North Country gymnasts earn top scores of the season

North Country Gymnastics Level 4 gymnast Ella Smith, pictured here, gave her top performance of the season on uneven bars. Smith also earned personal best scores on floor exercise and beam, taking fourth overall with a 34.4.
North Country Gymnastics Level 4 gymnast Ella Smith, pictured here, gave her top performance of the season on uneven bars. Smith also earned personal best scores on floor exercise and beam, taking fourth overall with a 34.4.

The North Country Gymnastics team recently competed at the Lollipop Classic in Watertown.

Eight teams in the region participated. Level 4 gymnasts Julia Granato, Mary Kate Cloonan, Ella Smith, and Alyssa Wahrendorf, along with Level 5 gymnast Sarah Perkins, earned their highest all around scores this season at the meet.

Level 7: Floor exercise was Ashley Rizzo’s best event, earning her an 8.3 and a second place finish. Rizzo was third overall in the 14-16’s with a 29.5

Level 5: Season’s best scores on uneven bars (8.55) and balance beam (9.2) placed Emma Sanford second in both events.

Placing third on floor, Sanford boosted her score to a 9.05 to earn 34.3 overall and third in the 10 year old age group.  Samantha Perkins saw her top scores to date on floor (8.65/fifth) and bars (8.2/third). Perkins placed seventh overall with a 32.65.

In the 12-15’s Myah Sanford’s tremendous effort on beam (9.6) and floor exercise (9.2) earned her first in both events and first overall with a 35.0.

Sarah Perkins placed first on bars with her best performance of the season, taking second overall with a 33.35.

Level 4: Corinne Clarke earned her top scores to date on beam (8.9/fourth) and floor (8.8/fifth) earning her sixth place overall with a 34.45 in the age 9’s.

Mary Kate Cloonan scored personal bests on bars (7.0/9th), beam (9.2/third) and floor exercises (8.9/fourth) to raise her score to 33.2 and eighth place.

Elena Ruzekowicz refined her floor routine to place second with a 9.0. Ruzekowicz took ninth overall with a 33.15.

In the 10-year-old age group, Ella Smith raised her game on bars (fourth with an 8.4), balance beam (first with a 9.4) and floor (fifth with an 8.4) scoring 34.4 overall and placing fourth.

Kylie Ashline boosted her scores on uneven bars (7.1/seventh) and floor (8.1/sixth) to take sixth overall with a 32.4 in the 11 year old age group.

In the 12-15’s, Kiersten Abbott’s 9.3 personal best on beam earned her second in the event and third overall with a 36.0. Big improvements on floor (8.3/fourth) helped propel Julia Granato to her top overall score of 33.1.

Alyssa Wahrendorf gave a polished performance to earn her best scores on beam (8.8/fourth) and floor (8.1/fifth) to take fifth place and a season’s best all around score of 32.1.

The North Country Gymnastics team is coached by Stephanie DeRocha and Janelle Cordone.

Oswego County Tourism Office to hold photo contest

Photographers and outdoor lovers can have their photos featured in the next Oswego County Visitor Guide, which is due out this summer.

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning is sponsoring a photo contest for the visitor guide, which will be distributed at trade and travel shows, travel information centers, festivals, events, and businesses over the next two years.

“We’re looking for photos that capture the beauty of Oswego County — our sunsets, history, outdoor recreation, businesses and attractions,” said David Turner, department director. “We want prospective visitors to see photos of people experiencing and enjoying the many great qualities of Oswego County.”

Members of the tourism staff will judge the contest. Photos should be in one of the following categories: history; animals and agriculture; art, music and theater; family fun (including festivals, events, golf, bowling, racetracks, etc); fishing and hunting; more fun in the outdoors (parks, beaches, trails, boating, hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, camping, etc); accommodations (hotels, motels, lodges and b and b’s); dining and restaurants; shopping, flea markets and antiques; and weddings. Tourism-related businesses are encouraged to submit photos of their properties.

All winners will receive a prize and all submitted photos will be featured on the Oswego County Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/visitoswegocounty.

Businesses and attractions who receive first prize in their category will receive a $200 advertising credit, equivalent to the size of a 1/8-page advertisement, in the visitor guide.

The contest is open to residents and non-residents, as long as the photos are taken in Oswego County within the past three years. Each person can submit up to five photos, in color or black and white. Only digital photos will be accepted. Photos must be a minimum of 300 dpi and at least 5 by 7 inches in size.

The deadline for the photo contest is 5 p.m. Friday, May 17. Winners will be notified shortly after.

Those seeking complete rules and entry forms may call the Tourism Office at 349-8322 or visit www.visitoswegocounty.com.

Dr. Uva receives Distinguished Service Award

Several colleagues attended the honoring of Dr. Uva. From left are Oswego Health Medical Staff President Dr. Ivan Proano, President and CEO of Oswego Health Ann Gilpin, Dr. Ronald Uva, Assemblyman Will Barclay and Chair of Oswego Health Board of Directors Thomas Schneider.
Several colleagues attended the honoring of Dr. Uva. From left are Oswego Health Medical Staff President Dr. Ivan Proano, President and CEO of Oswego Health Ann Gilpin, Dr. Ronald Uva, Assemblyman Will Barclay and Chair of Oswego Health Board of Directors Thomas Schneider.

by Nicole Reitz

Dr. Ronald Uva, who has been on Oswego Hospital’s active medical staff for more than 30 years, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Assemblyman Will Barclay presented Dr. Uva with an Assembly Resolution Friday at Oswego Health. The resolution was presented to Dr. Uva in the company of his close colleagues, hospital administrators, his wife Sarah and their children and grandchildren.

During his years at the hospital, Dr. Uva has taken an active role in his profession and has served on several state medical boards. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Buffalo and attended medical school at the University of Studies of Bologna, in Bologna, Italy. His residency was completed at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

He is the former medical coordinator for the Oswego-Montserrat connection for Partners of the Americas. In this capacity, he taught medical professionals how to incorporate ultrasound and fetal monitoring into obstetrical practices.

Dr. Uva is the current president of Oswego County OB/GYN, PC, which has provided obstetrical and gynecological care to the residents of Oswego County for more than 45 years. The group also provides 24 hour on-site coverage at the Oswego Hospital Maternity Center.

Dr. Uva was elected as vice chair of the New York District of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2011.

In this position, he advocates at both the state and federal levels for universal maternity coverage and for other health issues related to women.

He recently began his second five-year term on the NYS Board for Medicine. He is believed to be the first physician from Oswego Health to be named to the prestigious state board.

He has also been active with the Medical Society of the State of New York and writes semiannual book reviews for the organization.

Closer to home, Dr. Uva writes a monthly column for the Palladium-Times titled, and in 1997 was named Little League Coach of the Year.

Barclay commended Uva on his several accomplishment, and his sustained commitment to excellence.

“Dr. Uva has brought many Oswego County residents into this world,” said Barclay. “Beyond his admirable accomplishments with his many patients, he also works to improve the medical community through his advocacy efforts.

“You know how dedicated a person really is and one that believes in their community when I walk into a room to honor him and the first thing he talks about is some issues that need to be addressed,” added Barclay.

Oswego Health President and CEO Ann Gilpin said that its Dr. Uva’s work outside of his practice and busy family life that makes him such an asset to the hospital and the community.

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